Commonwealth of Virginia - Executive Mansion

Welcome to Virginia’s Executive Mansion, home to Virginia’s governors since 1813, and the oldest governor’s residence in the country still used for its original purpose. Ralph S. Northam, Virginia’s 73nd governor, is the 56th governor to reside in the mansion.

James Barbour (1812-1814)

James Barbour was the first governor to reside in the Executive Mansion. Barbour served during the period of the War of 1812 and was commander-in-chief of Virginia’s militia forces. He later served as a U.S. Senator and as the U.S. Secretary of War.